“More and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.”


A school in Atlanta announced Tuesday that it was canceling the morning recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Lara Zelski, the president of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School's elementary campus, told parents it has become “increasingly obvious” that students were choosing not to stand or recite the pledge.


“Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge,” she said. 

Officials at the school, which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade, said the move was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.” 


In the coming months, teachers will work with students to create a school pledge that will focus on civic responsibility to the students’ “school, family, community, country, and our global society," officials said. "Reciting the pledge will be optional for students at various points in the day.


The change came as Americans continued to debate a protest by NFL players during the national anthem. Some have cheered the players for highlighting systemic discrimination against African-Americans, while others have denounced the demonstrations as unpatriotic and divisive.